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Hillsborough County Government

Plans Examiner/Inspector (#PLEXINGENQ) GENQ
$22.23-$35.30 Hourly / $3,853.20-$6,118.67 Monthly / $46,238.40-$73,424.00 Yearly


Performs technical work in the examination of plans, blueprints, specifications, and building inspections pertaining to the construction of commercial, industrial, and residential projects or the installation of plumbing, electrical, or gas systems or mechanical equipment for compliance with all applicable building/construction codes, state and county codes, laws and ordinances. 


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and Possession of a standard Building Plans Examiner License and Inspector License issued by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board, under Chapter 468 of the Florida Statutes; or Registered Architect (AR) or Professional Engineer (PE) State License. 

One year of experience as a licensed Building Plans Examiner in the State of Florida; and One year of experience as a licensed Inspector under Chapter 468 of the Florida Statutes.

Possession of a valid Driver License.


An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.




  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Considerable knowledge of State and local codes and laws for commercial, industrial, and residential building construction, mechanical, electrical, fuel gas and plumbing system construction design and installation.
  • Considerable knowledge of federal and state accessibility requirements for commercial, industrial, and residential construction.
  • Considerable Knowledge of inspection methods and procedures.
  • Considerable knowledge of construction plan examination methods and techniques.
  • Working knowledge of OSHA construction site safety requirements.
  • Working knowledge of the principles of structural engineering.
  • Working knowledge of applicable County and office policies and procedures. 
  • Ability to read and interpret complex building/construction plans, diagrams, blueprints, and specifications.
  • Ability to train others.
  • Ability to work outside in a subtropical climate in adverse weather conditions.
  • Ability to bend, stoop, kneel and crouch in confined spaces.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to prepare reports and maintain records.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain a current plans examiner and inspector license.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Examines commercial, industrial, and residential plans, blueprints, and specifications for compliance with construction building codes.
  • Interprets codes and regulations to builders, property owners, and other interested parties and assists them in the alteration of construction plans to meet all applicable building and construction related codes.
  • Maintains appropriate files for the efficient recording and issuing of building permits. Consults with appropriate personnel within the various inspection divisions (i.e., building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas) to insure that proposed plans and specifications comply with all applicable codes and ordinances.
  • Functions in a liaison capacity between the agency to which assigned and all applicable parties.
  • Insures that projects comply with the Florida Accessibility Code, the Life, Safety Codes, and the Florida Energy Code.
  • Inspects residential commercial building construction or the installation of plumbing, electrical, or gas systems or mechanical equipment for compliance with State and County codes, laws, and ordinances.
  • Furnishes technical advice and information to field and office personnel within the limits of authority assigned by the Chief Inspector or Building Official.
  • Issues citations or notices of violation for non-compliance of Florida Building Codes or Hillsborough County Construction Ordinance.
  • Testifies before the Board of Adjustment and Appeals or in a court of law when subpoenaed.
  • Prepares and maintains technical records and reports; does other clerical and administrative work.
  • Inputs and retrieves data in researching violations and scheduling inspections.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all-inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.